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Friday, 14 June 2024

Meet the six mega-rich families running the food system

quote [ "They were willing to cross ethical lines others weren't willing to cross. [For instance] most hog farmers weren't willing to pack thousands of their animals into a windless metal shed," he says.

So who exactly are the families that own so much of the agricultural industry? ]

Some creepy monopoly stories.
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@7:17pmGMT] [1 comment]

Saturday, 8 June 2024

The Bargain Bin Evolves

quote [ Thoughts on modern commerce from going to a bin store. It?s a place where e-commerce returns go to die. ]

Hey come check out this bargain bin
[SFW] [business] [+3 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:34amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

11 Secrets About Being An Aldi Cashier

quote [ Why do Aldi cashiers sit down while ringing you up? How do they go so fast? What are the perks of the job? ]

Inspired to post due to the recent article on barcodes. Looks like they still have to remember certain codes, but not the complete inventory anymore.
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by stv179@5:00amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 23 May 2024

The Spectacular Failure of the Star Wars Hotel

quote [ For two days and two nights, I will step aboard an immersive galactic starcruiser experience and live MY star wars story. ]

In a feat that would make John Oliver jealous, Jenny Nicholson spends 4 hours documenting Disney's greed and exploitation that killed their Star Wars hotel without once ever saying the word Capitalism.

Pretty interesting watch though.
[SFW] [business] [+3 Informative]
[by steele@5:41pmGMT] [10 comments]

Friday, 17 May 2024

Press, Pause

quote [ Beyond misunderstanding its iPad consumer base, Apple?s infamous ?Crush? ad deeply misunderstands the role of the hydraulic press in meme culture. ]

Can I have my iPad please
[SFW] [business] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Thursday, 9 May 2024

Stack Overflow bans users en masse for rebelling against OpenAI partnership

quote [ "[The moderator crackdown is] just a reminder that anything you post on any of these platforms can and will be used for profit. It's just a matter of time until all your messages on Discord, Twitter etc. are scraped, fed into a model and sold back to you."
Stack is not alone in reversing a principled stance on AI for profit; Valve also silently removed its AI-art ban on Steam, allowing over 1,000 AI-powered games to flood the storefront. ]

Oh man, this plays out as one might expect. Wasn't Stackoverflow sold last year or something?
[SFW] [business] [+3]
[by Paracetamol@9:28amGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 28 April 2024

Lay off staff to free cash for AI

quote [ In an interview on the Verge?s ?Decoder? podcast published Monday, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston mounted a zealous argument for the importance of AI while defending his company?s 500-worker layoff in April 2023. The two things are linked, he said, noting that Dropbox?s layoff was largely aimed at freeing up cash to hire more engineers who are skilled in AI. ]

Ah well, at least they explain their reasoning.
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@7:24pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 8 March 2024

Many Used Computers are Dirt Cheap Again

quote [ The bottom line is that today's low prices for older, still useful computers make this an excellent buying opportunity. If you have never bought a used computer before, now is the time to purchase the computer you desired years ago but could not afford to buy. ]

Go for it (OST in extended) ? thumb is my favourite curve (wiki).

[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@6:36pmGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 29 February 2024

The ?Disney adult? industrial complex

quote [ The grown-up Disney superfan has become a much-mocked phenomenon online. But creating these consumers was always part of the corporation?s plan. ]

Hit me,1 adult Disney
[SFW] [business] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:05amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 19 February 2024

Air Canada must honor refund policy invented by airline?s chatbot

quote [ Air Canada appears to have quietly killed its costly chatbot support. ]

Outside Air Canada's gate
[SFW] [business] [+3 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:10amGMT] [1 comment]

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